Thoughts About Hammock Camping


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Camping Hammocks have come a long way in design and functionality in recent years.  Instead of the old army mesh that gets tangled in knots and caught on trees, we've now got hammocks made with parachute nylon that's not only more comfortable, but more practical and durable.   It's now easier to bring a hammock on a camping outing than a tent or a camping chair even, they don't take up any more room than your water bottle. 

How many folks out there have ever used a camping hammock, whether as a tent alternative or even just bringing it along to relax around the campsite?   If not, what do you think is keeping you from trying it (other than just not owning one)?  Are you not a hammock lover in general or are there certain aspects of it that you would like to see improved before you try it?

I'm looking forward to hearing your responses...

Seth Haber
Trek Light Hammocks
www.TrekLightGear.com

P.S.  If you're looking for pictures or more information about the benefits of camping hammocks, see the page on Trek Light Hammocks on ProductWiki.

This post was edited by TrekLightGear on 4/15/2010 12:20 AM
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To be perfectly honest I'm not a big fan of hammocks in general. I don't know if it's my clumsy/uncoordinated nature, but I just find there's not enough support which makes it difficult to get into a comfortable position. I prefer sleeping straight, no pillow or anything, and hammocks are super curved, so it just doesn't work with me. Plus I'm always paranoid about falling out of them, but that's probably because I've watched too many Simpsons episodes.

All that being said, I'm enamored with the IDEA of the hammock and always want one of my own.

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Have you seen the Attack of the Clones Simpsons (Treehouse of Horror) with the Hammock that clones whoever sits in it? It halarious.
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Whenever I've gone camping I've always slept in a tent with those crappy, blue foam mattress pads that are about a half inch thick. I've always loved laying in a hammock on a warm summer's day. I've never even thought of combining the two.

I would imagine that the hammock is a more comfortable alternative to sleeping on the ground. How does the hammock hold up in bad weather conditions? Rain. Cold (I live in Canada, after all)

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Hammocks are fun but I don't think I'd feel comfortable actually camping in one. I realize the 'protection' I would get from a tent isn't that great, but still, I don't want a bear to eat me! (disclaimer: I haven't been camping in a loooong time)
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Here at Premier Hammocks we have a camping hammock or portable hammock that weighs less than a pound.  It is located at http://www.premierhammocks.com/index.cfm/Portable_Hammocks. When folded and put inside of it's free carrying pouch it will fit in the palm of your hand. It is made of parachute material and is very lightweight. Stop by our website at http://premierhammocks.com and see this and other hammocks, hammock chairs and hammock stands. Come on in. We will keep the light on for you.
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Let me guess, you're from Premier Hammocks?
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Hammock sleeping, if you give it a chance, you will love it.  I noticed that in Asian countries, and South American countries I have visited, they are very popular.  A key is that you sleep in it diagonally in order to lay flat.

Don't rush out to spend hundreds of dollars to try it.  Several sites online describe how to make a hammock very inexpensively.  Search "hammock risk's", "hammock sgt. rock", "hammock just jeff's" to get started.  Search "hammock whiteblaze" to see the experience of campers who have used hammocks successfully in extreme weather conditions (while hiking the Appalachian trail).

My first was made of a king sized sheet and some rope.  Risk's Test Hammock shows how.  Hang it so you sleep near the ground, so if it fails it is funny not painful.

I will skip further detail, because I learned most of what I know online.  Since I started experimenting, I have found my hammock to be much more comfortable of a sleeping platform than my mattress and box spring bed is.  I keep one in my car because it works so well as a camp chair, sofa or bed and it takes so little space.  I am shopping for a van because mounted inside, a hammock will make a van an RV.  With appropriate accessories (all described in the aforementioned search results) hammocks pitch easily, minimize harm to the environment, and keep campers warm through rain, wind, and freezing temperatures.

These are so comfortable, versatile, and easily made that I believe anyone who tries it will love it.
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I had read about a specially designed campers hammock that sounded odd but appealing to me. Every report was positive so I tried one out ; I carried my regular tent along in case I didn't like it.After that first night I was sorry I bothered.The Hennessy Hammock gave me the best sleep I ever had while camping.

check em out here :  http://www.hennessyhammock.com/

and No I don't work for the co.

It even rained hard on the second noight but I didn't get wet.The amazing thing is how comfortable you can be for a whole night.If you are used to a therma rest mattress you'll enjoy the fact that the hammock sides keep you from sliding off of it. 

 

 

 

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I'd have no problem hammock camping, it would probably be more comfortable than tent camping. The only issue I would have is that you just feel exposed. Stringing up the meat so the bear wont have to work too hard. Nice.

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